Notice: The following material is currently unavailable for consultation:

  • Approximately 50% of the Collected Archive collections – please contact Research Collections staff for details
  • Paul Mellon Centre Photographic Archive, which is in the process of being digitised
  • Paul Mellon Centre negatives – it is not possible to provide any reproductions from this collection

Please contact collections staff for further details (


The Library collection is reference only and the majority of it is on open-access in the Public Study Room and Library Annex. The books are classified according to the Universal Decimal Classification, allowing users to browse by subject on the shelves, or by classification on the library catalogue. Journals and auction catalogues are available on request, either when you book an appointment, or on the day of your visit.

If you have already registered, it is possible to use the Library collection without making an appointment in advance, but you are advised to check that the Public Study Room is open before your visit.

It is possible to photograph, scan and photocopy library material but readers are reminded that this should be done within the limits of copyright law. 


The Archive collections are open by appointment only. Please refer to 'Appointments' above for further guidance.

Photography of archive material is only permitted in the Public Study Room, provided it is through the use of a hand-held camera or phone without a flash, and on completion of an ‘Archive Collections Photography’ form. Please ask collections staff for more information when you visit.

Tate Photographic Archive

The Tate Photographic Archive collections is open by appointment only. Please refer to 'Appointments' above for further guidance.

It is not possible to make reproductions from this collection, as the Centre does not hold the copyright to any of the images within it.